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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2021
New Northeast Minnesota Regional Road Guard Training Site at Pine Technical & Community College
Road Guard Training Underway for Minnesota Riders

ST. PAUL — Motorcyclists interested in becoming a certified motorcycle road guard ​have the option of taking the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) Road Guard Training Course in Pine City, Minn.


Pine Technical & Community College is replacing Lake Superior College in Duluth as the northeast Minnesota regional road guard training site.

“We want riders in each region of the state have access to road guard training,” says Bill Shaffer, Office of Traffic Safety Motorcycle Safety program coordinator. “This course is valuable to riding groups. Partnering with Pine Technical & Community College continues to make this course available for northeast Minnesota riders.”

Road Guard training is available at the following training sites. The course can also travel to riding groups who meet requirements. 



Motorcycle Road Guard
The Motorcycle Road Guard Law was enacted in 2012. The law authorizes motorcycle road guard certificate holders to stop and control traffic for motorcycle group rides. Riders must complete the Road Guard Training course to receive their road guard certificate. Certificates are valid for four years. 

The three-hour course teaches riders to safely stop and control traffic. Skills are learned in the classroom and during practical training at a live intersection near the training site. The class costs $30. Riders can register for the course online at motorcyclesafety.org​.


About the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,200 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.

About the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center 
The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) provides high-quality rider education, training and licensing to prevent motorcycle crashes and the resulting fatalities and injuries. It was created in the early 1980s to address record high motorcyclist fatalities.

The MMSC provides on-cycle and classroom rider training courses, develops awareness campaigns and informational materials, and coordinates third-party skills testing for motorcycle license endorsement through the Basic Rider Course and evening testing at select DVS Exam Stations. 

Motorcycle safety is a component of Toward Zero Deaths (TZD), the state’s primary road safety initiative. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response. 

Recent MMSC Activity and Statistics
  • There are approximately 216,000 registered motorcycles and 412,000 licensed operators in Minnesota. 
  • During the shortened 2020 training season, MMSC trained approximately 2,700 students statewide.
  • Follow MMSC on Twitter @MnDPS_MCSafety​ and “like” MMSC on Facebook.


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